Have you noticed me acting cocky with you lately? Like I’m better than you. Like I spit on your measly little blogs. There is a reason for that. My readership has quadrupled lately. Thousands of new readers have jumped aboard the “Citizen of the Month” train. Even though I’m not sure how to read my Google Analytics, the graphs have gotten so large, I had to buy a 27 inch monitor. I’ve been trying not to let all this love get to my head, but it is difficult. I try to be modest, but how can you be when YOU ARE A BLOGGING GOD?
Of course, none of this has to do with my writing. It has to do with ONE photo of Britney Spears I posted several months ago.
This photo has been linked and linked and linked countless times. I have no idea how this occurred, because I’m assuming the photo is on several, much more popular sites. It is hotlinked on several Myspace accounts. There are several “Britney Spears” websites that seem to be built around this photo. So many people come to my blog searching for this photo via Google images that it has made my Sitemeter “free stats” useless, because they only show you the last 100 hits, and all the hits come from Google Images.
As much as I enjoyed the attention, I was starting to feel like a phony. Do people really love ME, or do they JUST love this photo of Britney Spears not wearing her underwear? And honesty, if I posted a photo of me not wearing my underwear, would I get the same amount of traffic? I don’t really care about Britney Spears myself. Why should I be the beneficiary of this traffic? Clearly, therapy had made me introspective.
I thought about deleting the photo, just to create a level playing field with the rest of you “mortal” bloggers, but therapy has taught me that I don’t need to be “liked” to be respected. Then, I had a “light-bulb” moment that would solve the problem in an instant. What if I just changed the name of the photo on my server, which would — in one swoop — sabotoge every link, hotlink, and even Google Images site itself — because they would all be pointing to an image that has disappeared?! This blog could go back to what it was intended to be — a place for serious discussion, not a repository of sleazy photos of grade B celebrities.
Yesterday, I changed the name of the photo on my old Britney Spears post from Britney.jpg to Britney2.jpg. Today, I looked at my stats. The ploy had worked. In one day, I lost 2000 readers.
Yes, I am very smart.
(sleazy Britney Spears fans — come back. Help me! Link to it freely! Give me back my blogging prowess! I was a superstar. Now, I’ve lost my mojo!)